By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Fifteen contestants representing classes, clubs and sports teams good-naturedly competed in categories including legs, talent, formalwear and interview at the 26th annual Mr. Marlborough High School (MHS) Pageant, presented March 20 at the 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium. This year’s pageant theme was “jungle,” featuring a song-and-dance number from “The Lion King.”
Crowned Mr. MHS 2015 was Billy Garcia Mateo, Mr. Soccer. Named first runner-up was Peter DiPersio, Mr. Track and Field, and second runner-up was Connor Bailey, Mr. Volleyball.
Continuing the tradition to invite the current Miss Massachusetts Teen as a judge, this year’s pageant welcomed the 2015 titleholder, Sophie Baird, a senior at Andover High School. The other judges were Mayor Arthur Vigeant, state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, and former state Rep. Steve LeDuc, currently the assistant magistrate at Marlborough District Court.
Sarah Hanahan and Shawheen Fagan co-hosted the pageant. Appearing via video was Mr. MHS 2014, Ryan King, now attending East Carolina State University. Returning for a special guest appearance was Miss Teen Massachusetts 2014, Bailey Medeiros, now a senior at Monson High School.
The pageant is sponsored by the MHS chapter of the American Field Service, an international nonprofit organization that promotes a better understanding of different
cultures. Stephanie Parker is the faculty advisor. Proceeds from the pageant will go toward future domestic exchange programs.